Christina helps businesses manage risk by ensuring appropriate insurance coverage, assisting with insurance claims, and suing when insurers refuse to pay.

Overview

When a business suffers an insured loss, Christina advocates to maximize coverage for her client. If there is a dispute, Christina works to negotiate a reasonable resolution. She has a proven track record of success representing businesses with disputes under all types of business insurance policies, including property and business interruption, professional liability, product recall and contamination, directors and officers, employment liability, general liability, fiduciary liability and cyber.

Christina has represented numerous clients faced with natural and man-made disasters through all stages of the recovery process. Christina also regularly advises financial institutions, property developers, commercial real estate investors, and REITs. Christina drafts insurance, indemnity and other risk transfer provisions in contracts, including leases, loans, development agreements and construction contracts. Christina advises policyholders during policy placement and renewal and assists with insurance review for M&A transactions.  Christina also has significant experience negotiating for insurance coverage for mass tort claims and has successfully developed and applied models to calculate and allocate liability among dozens of insurers for hundreds of tort claims.

Christina joined the firm after clerking for the Honorable John W. Lungstrum of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.

Experience

Helped secure $170 million+ in liability insurance proceeds for clergy sexual abuse claims as insurance coverage counsel to the Unsecured Creditors Committee in the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Successful resolution of $25 million property insurance loss resulting from fire

Successful resolution of multimillion dollar business interruption insurance claim arising from a mass shooting

Successful representation of multiple food manufacturers that secured millions of dollars in recoveries under product contamination/recall insurance policies for losses arising from pathogen contamination

Successful recovery of more than $1 million from property insurer that failed to honor bank's loss payee rights with respect to damages from microburst

Insurance coverage counsel for Unsecured Creditors' Committees in multiple bankruptcy proceedings involving hundreds of clergy sexual abuse claims spanning 70+ years, and involving dozens of insurers issuing primary, umbrella and excess general liability insurance policies

Advised REIT in securing two $5 million+ recoveries from property insurers as a result of fire and flood-related losses

Successful resolution of $5 million property insurance claim resulting from structural collapse

Represented large Kansas City company in obtaining $31.3 million verdict for misappropriation of trade secrets  

Obtained summary judgment, affirmed by the Eighth Circuit, on breach of contract claim by former bank executive for not paying a "golden parachute" payment

Argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on claim arising under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"Recurring Issues in Establishing and Valuing Business Interruption Claims," paper for ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Seminar, Tucson, AZ, March 2017

Program Chair and Panelist, "It's All About the Benjamins: How Policyholders Can Work with Brokers, Claims Consultants, and Insurers to Minimize Delay and Maximize Recovery for Complex Property and Business Interruption Losses," ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Seminar, Tucson, AZ, March 2017

Women Corporate Directors, Kansas City Chapter D&O Insurance and Indemnification, May 2016

Selected Insurance Issues Relevant in Commercial Lending, July 2015

Business Liability Insurance Basics: Scope and Recurring Issues, January 2015

Publications

"Proving Lost Business Income for Manufacturers Without Clearly Identifiable Lost Sales," published in ABA's Coverage Magazine, Spring 2018

Recognitions

Recognitions

Benchmark Litigation's 40 & Under Hot List, 2018 & 2019 

Selected to the Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Star list, 2015-2019

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Chair of the Jackson County Children's Emergency Fund Executive Board, 2011-present

  • Chair, 2015-present

American Bar Association

  • Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee

Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court, Barrister, 2011-2012

Admissions

  • Missouri, 2009
  • Kansas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Education

University of Kansas, J.D., 2009

  • Order of the Coif
  • Kansas Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
  • Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement
  • Moot Court Council, advanced to international round of the European Law Students International Trade Moot Court Competition in Taipei

William Jewell College, B.A., magna cum laude, History and Political Science, 2006

  • Oxford Scholar

Clerkships

  • Honorable John W. Lungstrum of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.
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